Nadine threatens the Azores, Sanba slams Okinawa
2012 Hurricane & Cyclone Season
Hurricane Nadine a Threat to the Azores This Week
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 16 September, 2012 : - - Nadine, the eighth hurricane of the 2012 season will continue to churn east in the Atlantic this week, with its eyes set on the Azores. It could be the second time this season the chain of islands west of Portugal will be impacted by a hurricane, a rare occurrence. Last month, Gordon paid the islands a visit.
Early this week, Nadine will continue on a course east and eventually northeastward. Though being impacted by wind shear, the system is expected to maintain its minimal hurricane status through midweek. It is possible that by the time Nadine reaches the Azores, towards the end of the week or maybe not even until next weekend, it could begin to lose its tropical characteristics. Nonetheless heavy rain, strong winds and rough surf can be expected.
Elsewhere in the Tropics
For the first time in weeks, the remainder of the Atlantic basin remains fairly quiet. A potent tropical wave will move across the central Lesser Antilles with thunderstorms and gusty winds expected.While conditions do not appear favorable for much tropical development with this wave over the next couple of days, that could change later this week as it pushes farther west across the eastern Caribbean Sea.
Kristy is not far from land but is on its way to become just a remnant low.
Tropical Depression 12-E, farther out at sea, has become Tropical Storm Lane but is not a threat to land.
Typhoon Samba approaching Okinawa on 14 September © NOAA / OSEI
Sanba Slams Okinawa, Targets South Korea
Typhoon Sanba slammed into the Japanese island of Okinawa on early Sunday morning, bringing damaging winds and torrential rains. The storm is now currently heading towards South Korea where it is expected to make a second landfall.
Typhoon Sanba, the most powerful typhoon of the season at its peak, made its first official landfall in Okinawa. With winds equivalent to a Category 3 hurricane, the storm ripped across the island with a fury. Major damage was not expected to occur however, as Okinawa is well protected from typhoons by large seawalls and other preventative measures.
Now moving away from Okinawa, Sanba is expected to maintain typhoon strength as it move towards South Korea. Landfall is likely to occur somewhere along the south facing coast of the Korean Peninsula.
Landfall in South Korea can be expected early Monday morning local time After making landfall, Sanba will likely move briefly back over the Sea of Japan before making another landfall in far northeastern North Korea.
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Source: NOAA / JTWC
Compiled by: SV Editors
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